Radio is glomming on the new track "Wide Awake." They can't stop playing that song today. And that may be a good thing. It may be the thing that finally takes the less-talented Laura Brannigan to Spanish Eddie.
Laura Brannigan was sort of a heavier Demi Moore. She even had the gravely voice. She hit with "Gloria" -- an anthem. And then nothing else on the album charted. Her second album had several hits including "Solitaire" (fast song) and "How Am I Supposed To Live Without You?" and her third album was her big breakthrough -- she even got on The Tonight Show with that and that was a big deal back then. And Johnny Carson clearly liked her (wanted to sleep with her) because she performed her hit single and then did "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" and was also invited to the couch. Unheard of for a first time female musician. Her big hit on the album was "Self-Control" which was also the title of the album.
It was a huge album. I had four copies and I wasn't a huge Laura fan. I had them because a lot of people (adults) were embarrassed to buy a Laura album. I had it 'borrowed' three times. She wasn't doing teeny bopper ballads but back then there was a taste line and although everyone loved "Gloria," the mega hit was also held against her.
So then came the fourth album. "Spanish Eddie" was the lead single. It killed the album. It killed her career. She would never really recover.
So here's hoping "Wide Awake" will be Katy's "Spanish Eddie."
The single's selling point is that it's "about" her break up with Russell. In it she insists that she's learned and if she'd only knew then . . .
For someone who's allegedly learned, she's got damn little to offer other than banal phrases with end rhymes. If the lyrics took more than 30 seconds to write, someone should be ashamed.
On top of that, there's no real chorus. It's not a song you sing along with.
Throughout, Katy chirps the title "Wide Awake." Probably to try to sell the song but, after it goes on and on, you start feeling like it's a morning alarm and looking for a snooze button.
Again, may this be her "Spanish Eddie."
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"